“We controlled the game against West Ham, but we couldn’t find spaces,” Tuchel said in his comments after the match. “The red card opened up more space to allow us to find a late chance.”
Tuchel added, “Rüdiger wants to leave the club, he told me this in a private conversation, we had great offers for him and the club tried in every way, but for a few weeks we could no longer fight, we could not keep trying.”
“Rüdiger is a key figure and he will stay that way until the end of the season, we will miss him so much,” Tuchel added.
In response to a question about the presence of an alternative to replace Rudiger, he said, “At the moment, not because of the sanctions, but after that, it will be difficult because of what he offers. He is a great personality and a leader, and he removes the fear of others.”
With this result, Chelsea’s balance rises to 65 points in third place in the English Premier League standings, while West Ham’s balance freezes at 52 points in seventh place.